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vi

PREFACE.

and

his

writings.

It

is

therefore

the

less

remarkable

that

Mr. Addison,

from an accidental

and very im-

perfect acquaintance,

but

with

his usual pleasantness

and

candour, should

mention

the

following inci-

dént

:

"1

once

met with

a

page

of

Mr.

Baxter

"Upon

the

perusal

of

it

I

conceived

so

good

an

idea

"of

the author's piety,

that

I

bought the whole

"

book.

Whatever

other

causes

might

concur,

it

must

chiefly

be ascribed

to Mr.

Baxter's distinguished

reputation

as a

preacher and

a

writer,

that

presently after

the

Restoration

he

was

appointed one of

the

chaplains

in

ordinary

to

king

Charles

II.

and preached

once before

him in

that

capacity;

as

also he

had

an offer

made him

by the

lord chancellor Clarendon,

of the

bishopric

of

Hereford,

which,

in

a

respectful

letter

to

his

lordship,..

he

saw

proper to

decline.

The Saint's Rest

is

deservedly

esteemed one

of the

most valuable parts

of

his

practical works.

He wrote

it

when he

was

far from home,

without

any

books

to

consult

but

his Bible,

and in

such

an ill

state of health,

.

as

to

be

in

continual expectation of death

for

many

months

;

and

therefore, merely

for

his

own

use,

he

fixt

his

thoughts on

this heavenly

subject, " which

(says he)

bath

more benefited me

than

all

the studies

of

my

life."

At

this time

he could

be

little

more

than

thirty

years

old.

He

afterwards

preached

over

the

subject

in

his

weekly lecture

at Kidderminster,

and

in

1656 he

published

it

and

indeed

it

appears

to

have been

the

first

that

ever he

published of all his

practical writings.

Of

this book

Dr.

Bates

says,

"

It

"was

written by

him when

languishing in

the

sus-

"pence

of

life

and death,

but

has

the signatures of

his

"holy,

vigorous mind. To

allure our

desires, he

un-

"

veils

the

sanctuary

above,

and

discovers

the

glories

"and

joys

of

the

blessed in

the

divine

presence,

by a

"light

so

strong and

lively,

that

all

the glittering

va

"

pities

of

this world

vanish

in

that

comparison,

and

"a

sincere

believer

will despise

them,

as

one

of mature

"

age

does

the

toys and baubles

of

children.

To

ex-

"

cite

our

fears,

he

removes

the

screen,

and makes

the